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Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith

A pair of George III Salvers

Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith

A pair of George III Salvers

London, circa 1805
Maker’s Mark of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith

Diameter: 11 ¾ inches, (30cm)
Weight: 357 ozs
 

Each salver on central spreading foot chased with a band of acorns and oak leaves and with an openwork wine border, each engraved with a coat-of-arms within drapery mantling.

The arms are those of Dick for Quintin Dick II or his brother Hugh, both of whom died unmarried.
 

The Dick Family, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 16 December 1976, lots 64 and 65
 

J.B. Hawkins, The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold, London, 1983, vol.I, p.90 and 91
(the tray only illustrated) See cat. nos. 6l and 170, also from the same collection.

 

The partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith produced some of the greatest silver works of the early 19th century. Scott and Smith jointly ran workshops located in Greenwich, England from 1802 to 1807 and during their brief partnership were the principal suppliers of silver masterpieces to the esteemed firm of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. At the time London's most prestigious firm, these jewellers and silversmiths supplied the official plate ordered by the Lord Chamberlain's office, and were the official "Jeweller, Gold and Silversmiths to the Crown" from 1798 to 1843. Working in the cusp of the late Georgian and early Regency periods, the works of Scott and Smith often feature elements of the classical revival style such as grapevines and rams' heads, all crafted in exquisite, sumptuous detail. One of their most renowned collaborative efforts, the Duke of York Baskets, created for Frederick Augustus (1763-1827), second son of George III, is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.

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Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith